Simply Healthy Family: Italian Beans and Greens #SundaySupper

1.3.15

Italian Beans and Greens #SundaySupper



This weeks Sunday Supper is all about beans! I happen to be their number one fan. (the beans, beans our favorite fruit song will not stop playing in my head as I write this. Real mature Gwen.) Beans are such a fantastically versatile and frugal way to stretch out any meal and add healthy vitamins and protein as well. Boy are you in for a beantastic treat this week!
































When I tell people that I very, very rarely cook red meat or poultry I always get asked "What on Earth do you eat then?" Well, beans and lentils of course! And tons of veggies and fruits, a little bit of rice and other whole grains and some fish. There really is no better way to stretch out a healthy meal than adding beans to it. There are so many varieties that can be incorporated into any dish and when you add a whole grain like brown rice to them they become a "complete protein"!



Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are also called the building blocks of all proteins. These amino acids are present in different combinations in the body. A complete protein consists of all the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are those which the body cannot make on its own and has to be supplemented through diet. 





Even when we do eat meat it is never the main attraction but instead added in a small quantity to add or compliment the flavors going on as in this Italian Beans and Greens. This 'soup' was actually one of my very first posts here on Simply Healthy Family! Wow, look at that photography, yikes!










My last two posts were a bit insensitive to those of you living in 17 feet of snow so here is a nice spicy piping hot bowl of comfort for you. ;)  I received several "When it gets above negative 'whatever' degrees I'll sure try those Margarita Popsicles".   And  "If we can dig our grill out of the snow we'd love to make those Chocolate Covered Grilled Pineapples for dessert!" I forget how lucky we are to live in The Valley of the Sun, the winters are just plain gorgeous!

Ooops, there I go rubbing it in again.......






This might just possibly be the World's simplest soup. Just the kind of thing you need in your life when the last thing you feel like doing is making dinner but the idea of a frozen dinner makes you want to cry. 










Serve with a glass of slightly chilled Chianti.












TIME        30 MINUTES                 SERVES        6 




Ingredients:

1 small bunch Collard Greens, stems removed and chopped into small pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2, 15 oz. cans Canelinni Beans (white kidney beans)
1, 14 oz can Organic Tomato Sauce (OR, 2 big spoonfuls Organic tomato paste)
4 cups (32 ounces) Organic, Free Range Chicken Broth
2 Mild or Spicy Italian Sausage Links (we do spicy in this soup)
1 TBSP EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)




Directions:


Heat a large ceramic coated cast iron skillet  (or similar large stock pot) over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and let it heat up for a minute or two. 

Take the casings off of the sausage and discard. Add sausage to pot. Using a spatula,  break up the sausage and brown, about 3-4 minutes.

Add onion and cook about 3-4 minutes more, crumbling sausage as you go.  Meanwhile, rinse the chopped collard greens in a colander under cool water. It's o.k. that they remain a bit wet, it will help them steam. Add the Collard Greens to the pan and toss them to coat with the sausage and onion. After 3-4 minutes pour in about 1 cup of the broth while scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden or plastic spatula to remove the browned bits (deglazing the pan). Add 2 heaping spoonfuls of tomato paste and stir to combine. 

Turn heat down to low, cover and cook another 15 minutes.


Serve with my Crusty RosemaryArtisan bread 

 Makes great leftovers!






notes:

If you love garlic like I do, add a few chopped cloves at the end of the sausage and onion cooking bit.


If you have rosemary growing in your garden, add a sprig or two to the pot while it simmers. Yum.









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A BIG huge thanks to Tammi from Mamma's Meals for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper!





Want some more frugal bean recipes? You got it! Sunday Suppers has you covered.







Beantastic Beginners:
Bean-a-rific Soups and Stews:
Bean-a-licious Sides:
Incredi-bean Main Meals:
Amaze-beans Sweet Endings:


Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
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27 comments:

  1. This Italian Beans and Greens recipe would be devoured in my house! Yum!

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  2. So much to love about this soup!! The combo of beans, greens and sausage is perfect!!!

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  3. I'm one of those people stuck in 17 feet of snow and expecting more tonight! I'll take a bowl of this STAT!

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    1. ICK!! Get a blankie and make some soup Tammi!

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  4. This is such a great recipe! And yes, I even have days when I almost fall victim to the pizza delivery or frozen dinner. But I've decided to keep ingredients for simple recipes on hand. This recipe would be perfect for one of those!

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    1. We all have those days, especially me! A well stocked pantry totally helps! This is really the most simple dinner ever!

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  5. Yummy looking soup, Gwen! My hats off to you for managing your mommy of 4 job and running a stellar blog =)

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    1. Much thanks, some days are easier than others. ;)

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  6. We love bean soups!

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  7. I love that this is so healthy as well as delicious! Beautiful dish!

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  8. There is close to 8 inches of snow in my backyard right now, and I can't think of a more comforting thing than a bowl of bean soup ... and yours sounds divine!

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  9. Beans and greens are one of my favorite comfort foods. I love that this recipe has just 7 ingredients. This is my kind of winter week-night recipe!

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  10. We love healthy comfort food like this. YUM!

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  11. This looks fantastic! I'm pretty much out of delicious soup recipes around here so perfect timing! I love a deliciously healthy and hearty vegetarian soup! Yummy!

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  12. Talk about a super food dinner! Great recipe this week.

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  13. Beans, greens, and Italian sausage are one of my favorite flavor combinations - this looks like just the kind of meal Iove!

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  14. This soup is definitely comfort in a bowl for me! Thanks for all the wonderful beany links :)

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  15. Nothing beats a hot bowl of bean soup on a cold day so as one of those readers living in the arctic (or at least what feels like the arctic) I thank you

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  16. This is a beautiful soup recipe. Our family is trying to cut down on the meat and this is a perfect opportunity to introduce them to something new.

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  17. Gorgeous dish, just love it. I would have that bowl gone in 2 seconds!

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  18. Gwen,
    I'm always looking for recipes to use the greens from the CSA farm share. This dish looks terrific--thanks!

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  19. These sound delicious! Sounds like a great way to sneak in extra greens!

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  20. I am also a bean lover, and now that 'magical fruit' song is stuck in my head. lol

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  21. This would be great in early Fall!

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  22. We eat very similarly! I occasionally have fish, but otherwise at home I'm vegetarian. And beans are a major food group for me. This soup reminds me of one I make all winter. I love it, and now need to try your version!

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  23. What a wonderful bowl of yumminess!! Oh and don't feel bad, that song was in my head for a whole week when I was working on the recipe and post LOL

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